Sanzen-in Temple

Sanzen-in Temple © Iry


A temple symbolic of Kyoto's Ohara region. This temple was originally founded on Mt. Hiei by Saicho, the founder of the Tendai sect of Buddhism in Japan, it was then repeatedly transferred around until it settled in 1871 at its current location.

On the premises are Buddhist statues that are national treasures, the important intangible cultural property Gokuraku-in, the Shinden main hall where Buddhist memorial services are performed, a moss garden, a hydrangea garden, and the Shiheken garden.

The moss garden spreads out before the Shinden main hall, full of green moss all over the grounds and trees such as cedar and cypress, and features a waterfall garden with a path around a pond, rhododendrons in spring and beautiful autumn colors in the fall. From Gokuraku-in is the road leading to Konjiku Fudodo where many many hydrangeas have been planted, and they are in full bloom during June, and the combination of the mountain fog and the hydrangeas is a striking spectacle.


Take the Kyoto bus Ohara (大原) and it's about a 10 minute walk.

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Description: Sanzen-in Temple

Sights Sanzen-in Temple (三千院)
Address 540 Ōhararaikōinchō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-744-2531
Duration 1Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 700yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Sanzen-in Temple